October 4, 2011
Oakham House, SC115, 63 Gould Street
The first Food for Talk seminar of the 2011-2012 academic year will be presented by James Johnson-Piett, Principal & CEO of Urbane Development who will provide an overview of the Healthy Corner Store movement, multi-disciplinary advocacy and interventions in small, neighborhood-scale grocers in underserved urban and rural communities.
James Johnson-Piett is Principal & CEO of Urbane Development, a community and economic development firm based in Philadelphia. He specializes in neighborhood scale development and revitalization of urban commercial and retail amenities, particularly in underserved communities. His work focuses on strengthening neighborhood commercial/retail enterprises and assets through the creation of innovative financing products, comprehensive program/project design, project management, business and strategic planning, and training and technical assistance, serves on the Board of Directors of the Community Food Security Coalition, is a Co-Convener of the National Healthy Corner Stores Network, an advisory council member for the USDA Healthy Urban Food Enterprise Development program, and a member of the Philadelphia Development Partnership’s Young Entrepreneur’s Advisory Board.
'Food for Talk' provides a place for conversations to take place between people who work with communities, government and universities to explore the emerging and challenging issues around food security, agricultural transformation, and local food alternatives/networks. This series is jointly sponsored by the Ryerson University Centre for Studies in Food Security, University of Toronto, York University and the Toronto Food Policy Council.